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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 21, 2010 8:27pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Question about copyright


Great summation. One thing that should be carefully understood though is that the person who reproduces a public domain work only has rights to the specific digital reproduction which they created, the original work still remains in the public domain. That is why those who care about public access must place ans many of the digital reproductions of public domain items into the creative commons licenses. That will permanently prevent any others from trying to monopolize the digital reproductions of public domain works. I go one step further and place all of my other work into the creative commons license. Hopefully, this will facilitate the creation of a large public domain database which cannot be restricted by the corporate hacks.


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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Mar 4, 2009 12:33pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Question about copyright

yes I agreed, I was thinking about a fully protected item, where full protection can not be cancelled out by a slight modification, because full protection automaticly means nobody has the rights of modification. And that is very gray, it depends on how much modification, but there has even been legal action when a plot of a best seller has been copied, with none of the text.

Also always attaching a notice of limitations is important, rather than relying on the Archives standard notice.

Because once downloaded, the Archives standard notice is no longer there to see, or even linked to it.

It needs something like what you have in the open source software world.

This software is free to distribute, BUT MUST ALWAYS be accompanied by this notice.

Without that, some people may innocently forward an item, from the Archive (even to a site which demands full ownership) and the receiver is not aware of the restrictions, and begins distributing for big profit.

And I sure some 3rd world publishing companies are watching out for such items, FROM the Archive which have been forwarded to another web site without the original restrictions notice. That appears to be a loophole, making it very hard for the original owner to take legal action against the publishing company, because the legal offender is the person moving the item from the Archive to another location which states on its own Terms of Use that its downloads are TOTALLY free of restrictions. And not even that web site can be legally held accountable.

ergo, the person downloading the item from the Archive, and forwarding the item without the Archives standard restrictions notice, is the only entity (poor, no money to pay compensation) that can be held accountable if further up the line, a $1,000,000 profit type copyright breach occurs.

One restriction idea, This item is free to modify, but not to be used for profit, AND MUST ALWAYS be credited back to the original work and author AND MUST ALWAYS be accompanied by this restriction notice.

But remember, unless you have heaps of money, it is impossible to enforce your own ownership of any work of art that you produce. that's because copyright laws were meant only for commercial publishers before the WWW and the technology enabling anybody and everybody to be a publisher. Think of Desktop Publishing and a Laser Printer as opposed to a publishing company with lots of people to edit and refine best sellers, and an enormous printing press. AND a whole page of the book lays out the copy restrictions and what will happen if a breach occurs. And they have the money to back up, not their threats (bluffs) but their promises.

You can be sure that the movie publishing associations with lots of profits at stake have a paid watcher continually monitoring the Archive and other popular websites, watching for breaches.

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Mar 4, 2009 3:21pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Question about copyright

The large public data base you mention, would in affect be also a means of registering your ownership of your work of art, AS WELL AS your MEANS of publishing your work of art.

Because with lower value items, without an agency to register your ownership with, you also have the issue of proving by yourself your own ownership priority should somebody sue YOU for breach of copyright on a work of art which he claims is his own work, NOT yours.

A lot of copyright legal action is about just who is the owner BEFORE any copyright breach can be argued.

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Poster: dudeman5685 Date: Mar 16, 2009 3:46pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Question about copyright

Attention New Zealand Time Traveller

I mean specifically the guy who posts things on this board from time to time, not any random Kiwi time traveler who may be reading this.

I got an idea I would like to propose to you, a little experiment in co-operative antipodean book uploading. If your interested e-mail me at my screen name (dudeman5685) at yahoo.